I'm starting this thread a little early today because it's the playoffs and there is no pre game thread
The playoffs are finally here for us!!! We're going into the game as healthy as we've been in a long time It's going to be nice to get Hogan, and James back on offense.
Let's hope for an...
Opponents need to pressure Brady . . . and keep him off the field
“I think their run defense isn’t good at all on the edges or at the linebacker level, so in this case running to win makes sense,” a scout told Giardi. “[Alan] Branch wasn’t the same player this year and while [Malcom] Brown and...
What Patriots players who've been injured will likely be back for the divisional round? Also who do you think we'll be without for the playoffs? (other than obvious guys like Edelman and Hightower)
KVN would be great vs Tyrod&McCoy.
Branch can take time and hopefully shows some life in playoffs where his body
could be huge.
RJF actually outplayed him recently so for the moment line should be ok.
no news on MM, VV
EDIT: He does look ok in some positional drills at the end of this vid:
The defense is one of the best in the NFL. The issues that were hard to overcome last night include
1) Flowers OUT
2) Van Noy OUT
3) Wise playing injured
4) Branch being injured early
5) the defense being out there way too long because the offense couldn't convert on one 3rd down even once...
As of right now, the run D is allowing 4.9 yards per carry (dead last in the league). On the surface, that sucks.
However if you start from the TB game, remove QB scrambles (11 carries/78 yards) and the Melvin Gordon 87 yard run and the 25 yd run by Lynch in which Marsh fell asleep both times...
Ok, lets start with snap count as one basis for discussion.
The only development on O (apart from Karras seamlessly stepping in for Andrews) was further increase of the use of Dwayne Allen and corresponding decrease of Develin to his more standard %. Bennett also slightly up.
Brown and Guy are developing into our solid starters at DT, with Butler and Branch as the other two. Having Valentine as an option in a month is important for the playoffs, especially in case of injury.
Obviously, the disappointment is the fact that Harris can't move past a mediocre...
New England Patriots News 10-8, AFC East Notes
Winston said about #12 "That's a blessing, man, to meet someone like that. I dream to be able to be the type of quarterback he is for his team to our team."
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The defense has a long way to go. The season has a long way to go. As always, we will have players coming in and out because of health issues. However, it does seem that we should expect improvement in all units as the season progresses.
There is an issue at DT. For now, we seem to have...
Will We Get Any Production From
Three players seem to be nonproductive. Obviously, these are expensive drags on the cap. On the other hand, other players like Wise and Butler are great bargains. Three players doesn't seem to be a very large number.
The rest may be doing...
Patriots - Buccaneers Key Matchups, Who Has the Razor's Edge?
Depending on the health of Rob Gronkowski, this looks to be a big week for him... both down the seams and split outside if the Bucs are in single coverage.
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It may be an interesting idea to have people comment on what changes they think will be made defensively.
Willie had a good interview where he broke down the issues including that he sees a lot of freelancing. His basic points were
1) they are doing what they think is best to make a play...